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Literature and Culture

Casa Italiana offers also classes to enrich the knowledge of the Italian culture and literature. 

Each semester there is a new, fascinating course! From Italian movie classics to literary classics, to the study of characters that have made Italy what it is today, Casa Italiana's teachers will show you another side of the "Bel Paese".

GOMORRA by Roberto Saviano - Second Part

Saviano traces the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, a powerful crime organization. The Camorra uses an elaborate international system to deal in 

drugs, fashion, construction and toxic waste. Through this book, Saviano introduces the world to a new breed of organized crime. 

The class will discuss the book and students will present a research project proposed by the teacher. 


Tuition: $385

Sun. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish


by Maria Corti

It is a historic book about the siege to the city of Otranto by the Ottoman army in 1480. The inhabitants, mostly fishermen, strenuously stood up and became martyrs of Salento.

Tuition: $390 (12 weeks)

Sun. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish   ONLINE

Starts: Sept. 17 – Dec. 17

Tue. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish   ONLINE

Starts: Sept. 19 – Dec. 04


Selections from movies will provide mature students with a rich overview of Italian history and society.  Discussions and role play will serve as a pretext for improving conversation skills and fluency, while analyzing the cultural and social aspects of the Italian lifestyle.  Grammar and syntax will be reviewed, as necessary, during class discussion. 

Movies: the course will be devoted to Federico Fellini greatest movies, including "I Vitelloni", "La dolce vita", "Otto e mezzo" and "La voce della luna". 

Tuition: $390 (12 weeks) 

Mon. 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Instructor: Ingrid Nifosi           ONLINE

Starts: Sept. 18 - Dec. 11


This course exposes students to Italian culture and Italian language skills through the use of film. Students will watch popular Italian TV series and learn about contemporary aspects of Italian society. They will also engage in creative linguistic exercises such as: role plays, writing scripts for TV programs, and complete comprehension exercises prepared by the instructor. Selected clips from the following TV series: Il Commissario Montalbano; L'Amica Geniale; Il Processo and Don Matteo will be shown.

The learning material will be provided by the course's instructor.

Tuition: $385 (12 weeks)




The Renaissance has profoundly influenced Western culture and is indissolubly linked with Italy and with Florence, which was its cradle. What better way to broaden your knowledge of Italian language and culture than to dialogue through the centuries with some of the most brilliant artists who made the Bel Paese an extraordinary laboratory of ideas and a great forge of beauty?  In each session we will focus on the life and works of one of the following artists: Antonello da Messina, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffaello and Tiziano. 

The activities carried out in the classroom and at home will include listening, reading, discussions and exercises. 

This class will be held in Italian and is aimed at Intermediate/Advanced students. 


The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor

Tuition: $195 (6 weeks)

Thur. 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Laura Vinti              ONLINE

Starts: Sept. 21 - Oct. 26

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